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With each passing month, the variety of Z-Wave Plus products expands – now humidity sensors, now scene-capable wall switches, now indoor sirens. With so many options for smart homes today, it’s a comfort to know that all Z-Wave Plus products have undergone rigorous certification standards, so you can rest easy knowing that whatever you choose will likely serve your family for years to come.

When shopping Z-Wave Plus products, peruse a range of sensors, some of which detect not only motion but also temperature, humidity, and light. Gas and water valves are popular Z-Wave Plus devices that can save homeowners thousands in damages. Z-Wave Plus dimmers, switches, fan controls, and door/window sensors ensure that ever facet of the smart home is covered.

Consumers love the ZOOZ Z-Wave Plus 4-in-1 Sensor, which detects motion as well as atmospheric changes to light, temperature, and humidity. The ZOOZ, reasonably priced at under forty dollars, functions as a workhorse in any smart home, synchronizing multiple systems for an optimized, cost-effective user experience.

Another gadget consumers love is the Dry Contact Sensor Gen5 by Aeotec, which can be used in tandem with a range of devices, including water sensors and water valves, to provide tailored monitoring for devices which need a dry component to work on the network. Boasting broad bandwidth and easy installation, the Dry Contact Sensor Gen5 is another Z-Wave Plus device that works smarter, so you don’t have to.

In 2014, Z-Wave introduced its first Z-Wave Plus design: a smart water valve called the Leak Gopher, produced by the company Leak Intelligence. This innovative valve enabled remote control of water systems through Z-Wave control, and employed the extended capabilities of Z-Wave Plus technology – longer battery life, broader range, higher bandwidth, and improved self-healing features.

Z-Wave has always prided itself on its commitment to affordability and ease-of-use, and the buck doesn’t stop at Z-Wave Plus. Though Z-Wave Plus devices cost slightly more than their Z-Wave classic counterparts, the benefits are easily recognized: Z-Wave Plus products boast a much longer range, up to ten yards more than Z-Wave products. This can save you money in the long run, because, since Z-Wave runs on a mesh network, it relies on many devices for messages to hop between. With a longer range, fewer devices are needed to reinforce the mesh.

Z-Wave Plus devices also feature longer battery life – up to fifty percent longer in some cases. Busy devices with many events, like door sensors, will benefit from enhanced longevity. And Z-Wave Plus products are highly interoperable, so you won’t waste money on adapters or replacements. Most smart homeowners will agree: The benefits of Z-Wave Plus products are worth the extra cost.

Many products claim to be Z-Wave Plus certified – especially those produced in Asia – but the only way to know for sure is to check the certification stamp on the packaging or order form. Z-Wave Plus and Z-Wave certifications are marked by blue and white stamps – without one, you can’t guarantee that your product is Z-Wave certified.

Companies like Aeon Labs and Homeseer have come out with Z-Wave Plus-certified USB sticks. These “Smart Sticks” allow their users to include and exclude devices from the wireless network remotely, assisting with installation. The stick thus functions as a portable controller, and the user can walk from device to device, including or excluding as necessary.

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